Texas, Oklahoma RBs share record stories
What the five-star Texas commit Gray has done for Texas high school football in regards to scoring touchdowns, Wilson (Anadarko, Okla.) accomplished for Oklahoma high school football Friday night. His monster, 377-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 32-7 victory against Berryhill (Okla.) gave him 59 touchdowns, which is a new Oklahoma single-season record.
Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound back with 4.4 speed, has 53 rushing and six receiving touchdowns. He now has as many touchdowns as Gray (Aledo, Texas), who has 59 touchdowns and tied his record-breaking, single-season mark last year with a 199-yard, one-touchdown performance in a 33-0 win against Stephenville (Texas) on Saturday.
Wilson broke a record dating back to 2002, when Mark Downing (White Oak, Okla.) recorded 58. Anadarko will play for the Oklahoma Class 3A state championship this weekend against state-power Cascia Hall (Tulsa, Okla.). Gray, looking to lead Aledo to three consecutive Texas Class 4A state titles, will prepare for a state-semifinal clash with Corsicana (Texas) on Friday.
Boehm takes time off from recruiting
Four-star offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee’s Summit, Mo./West), with his recruiting process in full swing after recently decommitting from Missouri, had one of his best weekends in recent weeks.
On the itinerary: Watching football, spending time with family and friends and playing board games. Not on the itinerary: Recruiting and everything associated with it.
Boehm said he decided to take the weekend off from recruiting and rest his mind and body. He was scheduled to visit Kansas State this weekend but decided to postpone the visit for a later date to be determined. Instead, he relaxed.
“I watched a lot of football. There were some great games on,” Boehm said. “My family and I did something we haven’t really done in a long time; we played Scattergories. We just had a lot of fun and enjoyed each other’s company. I had a chance to enjoy games, not as a recruit but just as a person.”
Boehm has Auburn, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Iowa on his list. Missouri also is still an option, as he is scheduled to take an official visit to Columbia, Mo., this weekend. Boehm already has visited Auburn.
Oklahoma State commit wins twice
Three-star defensive end and Oklahoma State commit Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) woke up Sunday morning a double winner.
After helping John Tyler advance to the Texas Class 4A Division I state semifinals on Friday, Davis made the trip to Stillwater to watch his future team dominate Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game.
“I was smiling ... times two,” Davis said. “It was all amazing, just a good feeling overall. But right now, I’ve got to stay focused and keep my mind on the goal.”
Davis and John Tyler will face Midway (Waco, Texas) on Friday.
Four-star Sanders shows class in loss
Four-star running back Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) literally was inches away from a game-tying touchdown against Cascia Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) on Friday. He was stopped short on a fourth-and-goal play, and Cascia Hall earned a 14-7 win in the Oklahoma Class 3A state semifinals.
As Cascia Hall celebrated, Sanders showed the professionalism that has made him one of the country’s most coveted recruits. He stayed around to speak with media representatives, and he didn’t shy away from any question.
“It hurts a lot,” he told The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City’s newspaper. “We were close, an inch away, of tying the game and putting it in overtime. We just came inches short.”
Sanders now will focus on finalizing his college future. He has Oklahoma State, Stanford, Alabama and Florida State as his final four teams in his recruiting process.
A&M commit focused on playoffs
Four-star athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower) has had a difficult week. The Texas A&M commit dealt with the firing of Mike Sherman at A&M last week, but he is happy to have his current focus on Hightower’s playoff run rather than his next steps in the recruiting process.
Addison will get at least one more week to think about the postseason, as Hightower stunned Pearland (Texas), 35-14, to advance to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals. Pearland was the 5A defending champion last year.
While defeating Pearland was enjoyable, the idea of not having to worry about recruiting was something Addison really appreciated over the weekend.
“It just took my mind off all the extras,” Addison said. “I’m still in high school right now, and that news stressed me out a little bit, but seeing my teammates happy because we are advancing and knowing I get to play another week with my brothers made me happy.”
Hightower will play Madison (San Antonio, Texas) in a semifinal game Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.